MP DAN Jarvis has slammed the government for slashing Barnsley College's budget by £500,000.

Jarvis, MP for Barnsley Central, has attacked the government for its surprise announcement of cuts to further education funding, which will have a direct impact on Barnsley College.

Last week the Department for Education announced a 17.5 per cent cut to the funding for 18-year-olds in full-time education.

Jarvis said: "The government is unleashing cuts which will directly affect the education of 150,000 18-year-olds.

"In Barnsley this means a staggering £500,000 cut in the budget for Barnsley College.

"Despite the UK suffering from a skills shortage in the global marketplace, David Cameron’s government are targeting the cuts at those studying for vocational qualifications.

"This is unbelievably short-sighted and will damage the prospects of a generation.

"This announcement has come totally out of the blue. There has been no consultation and no chance to discuss the potential impact on students."